Travis A Olds

Travis A Olds
Carnegie Museum Of Natural History · Section of Minerals

Ph.D.

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The new mineral chenowethite, Mg(H2O)6[(UO2)2(SO4)2(OH)2]·5H2O, was found in efflorescence crusts on tunnel walls at the Blue Lizard, Green Lizard and Markey uranium mines in Red Canyon, San Juan County, Utah, USA. The crystals are long, thin blades up to about 0.5 mm long, occurring in irregular sprays and subparallel groups. Chenowethite is pale...
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The new mineral scenicite (IMA2021-057), [(UO2)(H2O)2(SO4)]2·3H2O, was found in the Green Lizard, Giveaway-Simplot, Markey and Scenic mines, White Canyon district, San Juan County, Utah, USA, where it occurs as a secondary phase on granular quartz matrix in association with various combinations of deliensite, gypsum, natrozippeite, rietveldite and...
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Nitscheite (IMA2020-078), (NH4)2[(UO2)2(SO4)3(H2O)2]·3H2O, is a new mineral species from the Green Lizard mine, Red Canyon, San Juan County, Utah, U.S.A. It is a secondary phase found in association with chinleite-(Y), gypsum, pyrite, and Co-rich rietveldite. Nitscheite occurs in subparallel and divergent intergrowths of yellow prisms, up to about...
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Finchite (IMA2017-052), Sr(UO2)2(V2O8)·5H2O, is the first U mineral known to contain essential Sr. The new mineral occurs as yellow-green blades up to ~10 µm in length in surface outcrops of the calcrete-type uranium deposit at Sulfur Springs Draw, Martin County, Texas, USA. Crystals of finchite were subsequently discovered underground in the Pando...
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Raman spectroscopy is one of the most useful techniques for studying the structure of UO2 and changes due to specific defects caused by doping, changes in stoichiometry, irradiation, or heating under oxidizing conditions. In this paper, we illustrate several aspects of the application of Raman techniques to the study of UO2, including the use of wa...
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The new mineral paramarkeyite (IMA2020–024), Ca2(UO2)(CO3)3·5H2O, was found in the Markey mine, San Juan County, Utah, USA, where it occurs as a secondary phase on gypsum-coated asphaltum in association with andersonite, calcite, gypsum and natromarkeyite. Paramarkeyite crystals are transparent, pale green-yellow, striated tablets, up to 0.11 mm ac...
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Mineral species that contain the decavanadate isopolyanion [V10O28]6–, including its protonated and mixed-valence variants, constitute the pascoite family of minerals. Within the pascoite family, the isostructural minerals pascoite and magnesiopascoite form the pascoite group and the isostructural minerals lasalite and ammoniolasalite form the lasa...
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Hydroxylpyromorphite, Pb5(PO4)3(OH), has been documented in the literature as a synthetic and naturally occurring phase for some time now but has not previously been formally described as a mineral. It is fully described here for the first time using crystals collected underground in the Copps mine, Gogebic County, Michigan. Hydroxylpyromorphite oc...
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The new mineral uranoclite (IMA2020-074), (UO2)2(OH)2Cl2(H2O)4, was found in the Blue Lizard mine, San Juan County, Utah, USA, where it occurs as tightly intergrown aggregates of irregular yellow crystals in a secondary assemblage with gypsum. The streak is very pale yellow and the fluorescence is bright green-white under 405 nm ultraviolet light....
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Seaborgite (IMA2019-087), LiNa6K2(UO2)(SO4)5(SO3OH)(H2O), is a new mineral species from the Blue Lizard mine, Red Canyon, San Juan County, Utah, U.S.A. It is a secondary phase found on gypsum in association with copiapite, ferrinatrite, ivsite, metavoltine, and römerite. Seaborgite occurs in sprays of light-yellow, long flattened prisms or blades,...
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Jeankempite, Ca 5 (AsO 4) 2 (AsO 3 OH) 2 (H 2 O) 7 , is a new mineral species (IMA 2018-090) discovered amongst coatings of arsenate minerals on oxidized copper arsenides from the Mohawk No. 2 mine, Mohawk, Keweenaw County, Michigan, USA. The new mineral occurs as lamellar bundles of colourless to white plates up to 1 mm in width and is visually in...
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The new minerals natromarkeyite, Na 2 Ca 8 (UO 2) 4 (CO 3) 13 (H 2 O) 24 ⋅3H 2 O (IMA2018-152) and pseudomarkeyite, Ca 8 (UO 2) 4 (CO 3) 12 (H 2 O) 18 ⋅3H 2 O (IMA2018-114) were found in the Markey mine, San Juan County, Utah, USA, where they occur as secondary phases on asphaltum. Natromarkeyite properties are: untwinned blades and tablets to 0.2...
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The new minerals natromarkeyite (IMA2018-152), Na 2 Ca 8 (UO 2) 4 (CO 3) 13 (H 2 O) 24 ·3H 2 O, and pseudomarkeyite (IMA2018-114), Ca 8 (UO 2) 4 (CO 3) 12 (H 2 O) 18 ·3H 2 O, were found in the Markey mine, San Juan County, Utah, USA, where they occur as secondary phases on asphaltum. Natromarkeyite properties: untwinned blades and tablets to 0.2 mm...
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The new mineral pseudomeisserite-(NH4) (IMA2018-166), (NH4,K)2Na4[(UO2)2(SO4)5]·4H2O, was found in the Blue Lizard mine, San Juan County, Utah, USA, where it occurs as light yellow prisms in a secondary assemblage with belakovskiite, blödite, changoite, ferrinatrite, gypsum, ivsite, metavoltine, tamarugite. The streak is very pale yellow and the fl...
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Neptunium poses challenges for radioactive wastes management due to its long half-life and ingrowth from americium decay, as well as its high mobility in water in its oxidized forms. Np(V)-bearing aqueous solutions were contacted with polished and crushed gneiss and dolerite from the Yeniseisky site, Russia, which is under consideration as a locati...
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Two uranium(IV) sulfate framework compounds were crystallized at room temperature from aqueous solutions containing uranyl ions by photochemical reduction in the presence of 2-propanol. U3H2(SO4)7(H2O)5·3H2O (1) crystallizes in space group P65 with a = 9.3052(17) Å, c = 53.515(10) Å, V = 4012.9(13) Å3, and Z = 6, and U3(UO2)0.2(SO4)6(OH)0.4·2.3H2O...
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Kroupaite (IMA2017-031), ideally KPb0.5[(UO2)8O4(OH)10]·10H2O, is a new uranyl-oxide hydroxyl-hydrate mineral found underground in the Svornost mine, Jáchymov, Czechia. Electron-probe microanalysis (WDS) provided the empirical formula (K1.28Na0.07)Σ1.35(Pb0.23Cu0.14Ca0.05Bi0.03Co0.02Al0.01)Σ0.48[(UO2)7.90(SO4)0.04O4.04(OH)10.00]·10H2O, basis of 40...
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The new mineral lussierite (IMA2018-101), Na10[(UO2)(SO4)4](SO4)2(H2O)3, was found in the Blue Lizard mine, San Juan County, Utah, USA, where it occurs as pale green- yellow prisms or blades in a secondary assemblage with belakovskiite, ferrinatrite, halite, ivsite, metavoltine and thenardite. The streak is white and the fluorescence is bright cyan...
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A series of sintered UO2 pellets doped with lanthanide (Ce, Nd, Yb) elements were investigated using powder X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analyses and differential scanning calorimetry. A combination of electron microprobe and thermogravimetric analyses, for oxygen content, enabled precise determination of the hypostoichi...
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The new mineral feynmanite (IMA2017-035), Na(UO2)(SO4)(OH)·3.5H2O, was found in both the Blue Lizard and Markey mines, San Juan County, Utah, USA, where it occurs as a secondary phase on pyrite-rich asphaltum in association with chinleite-(Y), gypsum, goethite, natrojarosite, natrozippeite, plášilite, shumwayite (Blue Lizard) and wetherillite (Mark...
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Meyrowitzite, Ca(UO 2)(CO 3) 2 ·5H 2 O, is a new mineral species from the Markey mine, Red Canyon, San Juan County, Utah, U.S.A. It is a secondary phase found on calcite-veined asphaltum in association with gypsum, markeyite, and rozenite. Meyrowitzite occurs as blades up to about 0.2 mm in length, elongate on [010], flattened on {100}, and exhibit...
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Meyrowitzite, Ca(UO2)(CO3)2·5H2O, is a new mineral species from the Markey mine, Red Canyon, San Juan County, Utah, U.S.A. It is a secondary phase found on calcite-veined asphaltum in association with gypsum, markeyite, and rozenite. Meyrowitzite occurs as blades up to about 0.2 mm in length, elongate on [010], flattened on {100}, and exhibiting th...
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Redcanyonite (IMA2016-082), (NH4)2Mn[(UO2)4O4(SO4)2](H2O)4, occurs underground in the Blue Lizard mine, Red Canyon, White Canyon district, San Juan County, Utah, USA. It occurs with natrozippeite, brochantite, devilline, posnjakite, johannite, gypsum, bobcookite, pickeringite, pentahydrite and the NH4-analogue of zippeite: ammoniozippeite. Redcanyo...
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The phase Na 5 FeSi 4 O 12 [pentasodium iron(III) silicate] crystallizes readily from the Na 2 O–Fe 2 O 3 –SiO 2 glass system in a relatively large compositional range. However, its crystal structure and properties have not been studied in detail since its discovery in 1930. In this work, the Na 5 FeSi 4 O 12 phase was crystallized from a host glas...
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Paddlewheelite, MgCa5Cu2[(UO2)(CO3)3]4�33H2O, is a new uranyl carbonate mineral found underground in the Svornost mine, Jáchymov District, Bohemia, Czech Republic, where it occurs as a secondary oxidation product of uraninite. The conditions leading to its crystallization are complex, likely requiring concomitant dissolution of uraninite, calcite,...
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The new mineral ammoniozippeite (IMA2017-017), (NH4)2[(UO2)2(SO4)O2]·H2O, was found in both the Blue Lizard mine San Juan County, Utah, and the Burro mine, San Miguel County, Colorado, USA. At both mines, it occurs as a low-temperature, secondary phase. The mineral is yellow to yellowish orange with pale yellow streak and fluoresces dull green yell...
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Leesite (IMA2016-064), K(H 2 O) 2 [(UO 2) 4 O 2 (OH) 5 ]·3H 2 O, is a new uranyl-oxide hydroxyl-hydrate found underground in the Jomac mine, Brown's Rim, White Canyon mining district, San Juan County, Utah. Laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analyses provided the empirical formula K 0.67 Na 0.004 Ca 0.012 U 4 O...
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Leesite (IMA2016-064), K(H2O)2[(UO2)4O2(OH)5]·3H2O, is a new uranyl-oxide hydroxyl-hydrate found underground in the Jomac mine, Brown’s Rim, White Canyon mining district, San Juan County, Utah. Laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analyses provided the empirical formula K0.67Na0.004Ca0.012U4O20H15.31, based on 4 U...
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The newly discovered mineral ewingite is the most structurally complex mineral known. Ewingite is found in the abandoned Plavno mine in the Jáchymov ore district, western Bohemia (Czech Republic), and was studied by synchrotron X-ray diffraction. The structure of ewingite contains nanometer-scale anionic uranyl carbonate cages that contain 24 urany...
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Leószilárdite (IMA2015-128), Na6Mg(UO2)2(CO3)6·6H2O, was found in the Markey Mine, Red Canyon, White Canyon District, San Juan County, Utah, USA, in areas with abundant andersonite, natrozippeite, gypsum, anhydrite, and probable hydromagnesite along with other secondary uranium minerals bayleyite, čejkaite, and johannite. The new mineral occurs as...
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Single-crystal time-of-flight neutron diffraction has provided atomic resolution of H atoms of H2O molecules and hydroxyl groups, as well as Li cations in the uranyl peroxide nanocluster U60. Solid-state magic-angle-spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR) spectroscopy was used to confirm the dynamics of these constituents, revealing the trans...
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Gauthierite, KPb[(UO2)7O5(OH)7]·8H2O, is a new uranyl-oxide hydroxy-hydrate mineral from the Shinkolobwe Mine, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. It occurs on a matrix of uraninite-bearing quartz gangue associated with soddyite and a minor metazeunerite–metatorbernite series mineral. It is a product of oxidation–hydration weathering of uraninite...
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Crystals of Na44K6 [(UO2)24(O2)24 (P2O7)12] [IO3]2·140H2O (triclinic space group P, Z = 2) are obtained by evaporation of aqueous solutions containing UO2(NO3)2, H2O2, Na4P2O7, Et4NOH, and HIO3 (14 d, 19% yield).
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The first neutron diffraction study of a single crystal containing uranyl peroxide nanoclusters is reported for pyrophosphate-functionalized Na44K6 [(UO2)24(O2)24(P2O7)12][IO3]2⋅140H2O (1). Relative to earlier X-ray studies, neutron diffraction provides superior information concerning the positions of H atoms and lighter counterions. Hydrogen posit...
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Recent accidents resulting in worker injury and radioactive contamination occurred due to pressurization of uranium yellowcake drums produced in the western U.S.A. The drums contained an X-ray amorphous reactive form of uranium oxide that may have contributed to the pressurization. Heating hydrated uranyl peroxides produced during in situ mining ca...
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Two copper-uranium heterometallic compounds, [(UO2)3Cu(II)O2(C6NO2)5] (1) and [(UO2)Cu(I)(C6NO2)3] (2), have been synthesized by the reaction of uranyl acetate with copper salts in the presence of isonicotinic acid. Both compounds have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, IR, Raman, and UV-vis spectroscopy. In compound 1, interac...
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The asymmetric unit in the crystal structure of the title compound, [Zn2(C16H14N2S2)2]2·0.18C2H6OS·0.82CH3OH, consists of two ordered bis{μ-2,2'-[(butane-2,3-diylidene)bis(azanylylidene)]dibenzenethiolato}dizinc(II) molecules and a disordered solvent combination at the same location which refined to 18.1 (7)% dimethyl sulfoxide and 81.9 (7)% methan...

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Minerals containing carbon as an essential constituent: carbonates, oxalates, organic molecules
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To develop a fundamental and transformative understanding of various effects of simulated UNF microstructure on its dissolution in geologic repository conditions